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    Welcome to Stony Brook, Freshman

    It’s said that freshman are to be seen and not heard.So Seawolves guard Bobby Santiago quietly put his stamp on the game againstSacred Heart Saturday, scoring nine of his team’s 13 points in overtimeas Stony Brook beat Sacred Heart, 75-64.

    Like most freshman, Santiago spent most of his energy tryingto control his nerves as the team got ready for their season opener. He spentmost of Friday night with teammates D.J. Munir and Larry Jennings, trying tokeep his mind off of the game.

    Jennings is the starter in place of Munir, who is academically ineligible for the firstsemester, and Santiago is the backup. Around midnight, Munir decided it wastime for Santiago to go back to his room and get some sleep before the game.

    ‘?I got back to my room and I just got reallyexcited,’ he said. ‘?[But] I wished I could have slept until1:30,’ just before the 2 o’clock tip-off.

    Despite all the nervousness, Santiago, who had 16 points andfour assists, managed to pull himself together and run the offense whilestarter Larry Jennings struggled with foul trouble. Santiago was able to putthe jitters aside long enough to get a steal with under six minutes left in thegame and throw an alley-oop pass to Jairus McCollum that erupted the gym andsparked a 8-2 run that put the Seawolves ahead 60-57 with under two minutesleft in the game.

    But as freshmen will, he made some mistakes. He fouled Pioneers’ forward Mike Queenan as he scoreda lay-up with 49.3 seconds left to play. The three-point play put Sacred Heartup 62-60.

    The Seawolves tied the game on a 10-foot jumper by Mike Konopka (12 points, two rebounds) with 32.5seconds left and sent the game into overtime where Santiago redeemed himself.He nailed a jumper with his foot on the three-point line that put the Seawolvesahead 64-62 with three minutes left and hit 5 of 6 free-throws while the teamclosed the game with a 13-0 run.

    ‘?Bobby had nicepoise for a freshman,’ coach Nick Macarchuk said. ‘?Without himtonight we were in serious trouble.’

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